Greener Every Week – Use Glass Water Bottles

Use silicone-encased glass bottles for great tasting eco-friendly water

“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.

So as I mentioned last week, I really try to avoid the super obvious eco-friendly tips for my “Greener Every Week” series – and it probably doesn’t get much more obvious than “Use reusable bottles!”

But! If you’ll notice, most reusable water bottles are plastic or aluminum. With plastic you run the risk of BPA or other chemicals (I may be paranoid, but even when it’s BPA free I still don’t trust plastic very much – if we didn’t know about BPA a few years ago and thought plastic was safe, what else is in there that we’ll find out about in five years?) and with aluminum there’s often a lining made of plastic or your water can taste sort of aluminum-y.

Fortunately, I recently learned about another option – glass bottles with a silicone casing. The part you drink out of is just regular old glass, but it’s got a sleeve made of silicone to make it more hardy in case you drop it or bang it into something. A great compromise between durability and portability!

I use these Takeya ones that I found on Amazon, and there’s also these by Lifefactory, which look cute too. I like mine because they kind of seem like what a ninja would use if one were to use reusable bottles. Which I guess they might, you’d think ninjas would need to stay well hydrated, right?

I don’t have kids yet but another application for this idea is in baby bottles – anyone tried those?

Note:  Nobody has paid me in any way to endorse these products, I just genuinely like them and want to share my enthusiasm with you.  If you click the link and buy them from Amazon I’ll make like 37 cents through their affiliate program, so that would be sweet, but that’s the only compensation happening around here.

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  • I have one of the LifeFactory bottles and love it! Plus, we get water from a natural spring just outside the city so we bought glass bottles from a local wine shop. They fit perfectly into our water cooler, even though we got the slightly smaller 12L version instead of the standard 18L one because they are a bit heavier. But we also keep them in reusable cloth shopping bags so they are easier to move because the bottles themselves don’t have handles.

    Thanks for such great go-green tips!

  • These are really cool! I have an aluminum bottle or two but I don’t really like the taste and plus I’m kind of wary of aluminum. I think I will add one of these to my birthday list. Now, to decide between these and the LifeFactory ones…

  • I love the idea of glass water bottles, and had no idea they existed until now, so thank you for this post…. but… In reading reviews of the Takeya bottle on amazon I discovered that what they are calling “glass” is actually an acrylic they have designed. In my book acrylic = plastic, I don’t care how they rename it. You can see it on their website: The other ones you mention by Lifefactory appear to be what is commonly known as glass, and thus probably a better choice.

    • Oh, man – you’re right! I hate how we have to be detectives just to keep weird stuff out of our food and homes. Thanks for letting me know!

    • OK, I did some more research and it looks like their water bottles are in fact made with regular glass – it’s their other products like their pitchers and things that are made with their AcraGlass stuff. So we’re back to liking those bottles 🙂

  • Great info on these bottles! I have an aluminum one that I stopped using because of that aluminum-y taste. This post prompted another question (and maybe a suggestion for a future post) about reusable containers. My hubs and I take our lunches to work 99% of the time. We have been using plastic (#5 plastic) forever and only have 2 tiny Pyrex glass dishes that aren’t big enough for a nice size salad as an example. I am curious about your thoughts on any other glass containers that you have come across or even use yourself that are available in all sizes and eco-friendly. Thanks so much!!

  • This is a great alternative to my BPA free Sigg water bottle. As much as I love it, sometimes the water tastes a little funny. One of these might have to be a little gift to myself!

  • Thanks for sharing this! Just two weeks ago we made this switch and I feel so much better for it. I don’t like the metal bottles and have been using plastic! Yuck! These glass bottles are lifesaver.